As the nation marks National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 14 until Sunday 20 March), 16-year old Brooke Robinson from March is among more than 240 people currently enrolled on the UK’s biggest government-accredited scheme.
Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Those who complete it become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers. The programme also opens up successful apprentices to further studying opportunities, with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years.
Broke Robinson says: ‘I was first interested in doing an apprenticeship as I feel I learn best in a hands-on environment. However, what attracted me to this role in particular was that it was based around the eyes – which I find really interesting. The store has supported my fully in my studies and has given me as much support as possible to be the best I can be.'
‘I would highly recommend this apprenticeship to others and when I’ve completed mine, I would love to stay on in optics for further study.’
Specsavers March store director, Trevor Clark says: ‘We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.'
‘Our scheme benefits those who want to work their way up to qualifying as a dispensing optician. It's also a great opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.'
The programme includes the completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Optics, monthly assessor visits, observations, online learning and courses. Apprentices also learn on the job, working in-store alongside eyecare professionals.